Ismaili Center in Toronto, designed by Charles Correa Associates and Moriyama & Teshima Architects, provides the city's Islamic community with a new cultural center dominated by a beautiful angular glass dome. The project aims to create a "harmonious union of the spiritual, artistic and natural worlds" and approach traditional Islamic architecture through the use of modern materials and contemporary forms.
The building is located near the existing Aga Khan Museum, designed by Fumihiko Maki, and is surrounded by a seven-hectare park designed by landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic. It has curving stone walls and is topped with a large glass structure that brings natural light into the interior. The angular glass dome shelters the central space of the building which functions as the prayer hall. This space is located behind a pool of water surrounded by trees.
An anteroom, situated right next to the prayer hall is sectioned off with metal grilles and topped with a star-shaped structure that surrounds a circular skylight. The central space is connected with the building’s entrance and lobby via a flight of stairs located to the side of the main space, while white linear volumes create niches that serve as additional congregating spaces, library, classrooms and offices.